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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? October 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 17 October 2014
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

Already a load of new stuff for you so, with a lull in work, I'm getting this next circular out early before everything goes crazy again and the circular gets so long that you fall asleep before the end :-)
As it's only 5 days since the last one, any event that had a reminder last time won't get one this time, except possibly under 'More in brief' at the end. Remember too that still relevant parts of recent circulars - and the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings - always appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Saturday 25 October 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 25 October 2014 7.30pm - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel Boating Association (SGBA) invites you to join the ceilidh for their end of season celebration. Venue/ticket details etc. see
www.bluejewel.info.

Sunday 26 October 2014 7.45pm - David Newey & Shona - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
First rate singer/songwriter/guitarist David, a former finalist in the BBC Young Folk Musician awards and who has accompanied the great Tom McConville on many gigs, now teams up with former all-Ireland champion accordion player and vocalist Shona Kipling £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Friday 31 October 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Fraser Anderson / Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Fraser Anderson - singer-songwriter and guitarist, spell-binding music www.fraseranderson.com. 'Truly beautiful' says Bob Harris Radio2. Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow - sunshine tunes that make you smile inside www.bobhillarymellow.com.
Organic soup, cakes & chai and beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery in upstairs cafe/bar space. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm). Adv online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/291372.

UPDATED Friday 31 October 2014 8pm - Halloween dance with a difference: Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Bradninch Acoustic Music Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction, for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. A celebration of original Celtic music. Bar. Call 01392 882036 for tickets £10, family (2+2) £18. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets£10. Wow, what a night.

NEW Saturday 1 November 2014 7.30pm - A Hollantide Phantasmagoria - Jubilee Hall, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AH
Steve Tyler - hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, cittern, percussion. Katy Marchant - bagpipes, shawm, recorder. Jake Slocombe - percussion, voice, guitar. Nick Parker-Groom - stories and frightfulness. The night descends, mist falls, and an eerie music rises. A cloaked figure is silhouetted against unearthly lights, and begins a spine-tingling tale from long, long ago…. Come and celebrate this mysterious time of the year with Gothic stories, mediaeval music, swirling fogs, an unforgettable reading from the most dangerous book in the world, traditional soul-cakes, and a Victorian Magic Lantern Show of demons and witches. Traditional drinks and seasonal soul-cakes will be available. Tickets £8, from www.woodwosemusic.com, medievalmusicians@virgin.net, Sally’s Newsagent, or 01837 840824. Expect the unexpected at the Hollantide Phantasmagoria….

NEW Saturday 1 November 2014 8pm - Steve James - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
He's been hanging out in the Bridge for more years than he has fingers, and it's always a delight to have this Austin Texas based slide virtuoso back again. A peerless raconteur with a store of stories that never fail to enthrall almost as much as his stellar playing, Steve describes his music as 'Retro- post modern roots balladry' - a real treat in store. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX1kom2fPVM. Tickets £12 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862 or Julian Piper 01392 873407.

Saturday 1 November 2014 - Tarras Minor - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Normally a six-piece band with drums, Tarras have launched an all-venue friendly acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group - singer/songwriters Ben Murray, Rory Connor and Michael Woodward. Piano and accordion player Ben Murray has worked extensively in the music industry, recording and touring all over the world with artists including Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Renzo Spiteri, he has been performing in the West End production of War Horse playing The Songman. Ben also performed in a duo with life-long friend Rosie Doonan, and their debut album gained them a nomination for the horizon award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Guitarist Rory Connor, whilst new to the line-up, has an extensive musical background and is an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277195. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/Tarrasdevon.htm.

UPDATED Sunday 9 November 2014 7.45pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
replacing previously advertised Vin Garbutt
who has unfortunately cancelled due to illness
One of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for unrivalled entertainment. £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Simon is one of the world's leading mandolin virtuosos as well as a fine guitarist, fiddle player and humourist. He has had his own series on Radio 2 and an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool! Hilary, described on BBC Radio 4 as "one of Britain's finest voices", is also famed for an unusual taste in bass instruments (she may turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline acoustic bass) and she might even manage a step-dance. There can’t be many performers who can slide easily from a beautifully evocative Irish ballad into a mandolin and guitar version of Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and finish with everyone singing one of their own notorious children's comic songs (reminiscent of Hilaire Belloc and Flanders and Swan). www.mandolin.co.uk. Online tickets £10+/£5+ concs to anyone who needs one  www.wegottickets.com/event/293565.

NEW Friday 14 November 2014 8pm - Ceilidh with Signs Of Life - Harbertonford Village Hall, Woodcourt Road (nr Totnes) TQ9 7TR (map)
An evening of lively music and dancing with caller and band, playing a mixture of eastern European, Celtic fringe, Romany, Yiddish and Cajun French that gets everyone's feet tapping. Buffet interval. Bar. Tickets on door £6.

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Without doubt a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). 'Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow' - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. £12 adv /£14 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

UPDATED Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered’” The Times. Reg has also been receiving high praise for his new album 'England Green and England Grey'. www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available on any Monday club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.
The next two invited Featured Artist Events during our regular Monday sessions are
20 October - My Black Hat www.myblackhat.net/index.html
10 November - Cross Border www.crossbordermusic.co.uk
As the Featured Artist Events have proved so successful next year we intend to continue with this series. In the frame so far, we have Tricia Moore (Mon 9th Feb 2015), Anne Darby (Mon 20th April 2015), The Cornelius Family, Owly Dave and Josie Lloyd.
Please visit our Facebook web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739?ref_type=bookmark for further information and performance videos.

NEW Wednesday 19 November 2014 8pm - Wild Ponies - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Hailing from Nashville, the Wild Ponies Doug & Telisha Williams have old-time, pre-70s country, mountain & honky-tonk road house music all blended together into their own whiskey - open the jar and have a pull ! One of Americana's fastest rising outfits, Telisha's singing has been likened to the second coming of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lyn, and her badass double bass playing combined with Doug's guitar picking, is the kind of thing guaranteed to knock your socks off ! Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862 or Julian Piper 01392 873407.

NEW Friday 21 November 2014 9pm - Appaloosas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Three-piece band from Dartmoor, Devon playing Americana, Old-time American and Appalachian music. The band features Appalachian and Old-time inspired vocals from Eliza Acty, clawhammer banjo and guitar from Peter Acty and intricate melodies from virtuoso fiddle and mandolin player Stephen Potter. £3 entry. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

UPDATED Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Bayliss, Allerfeldt with The Bassman - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Rescheduled
from 17 October with changed time & format: now concert only (no meal), £6 adv from Reception 01822 613221, £7.50 door. Folk night in ‘Gallery 26’, featuring: Tony Bayliss (acoustic guitar, cittern & vocals) and Carl Allerfeldt (violin) are joined by ‘The Bassman’, a fellow member of  Jiggerypipery. As well as being played on national radio, they have released two albums and we are most fortunate to have been able to secure a date with them before Tony’s forthcoming ‘Northern Tour’!

UPDATED Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Brixham Library
+ special guests. Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library. Tickets £10 members (Friends of Brixham Library), £12 non-members, from Brixham Library 01803 853870. Limited seating (some standing), early booking advised. Bar, open all evening.

NEW Tuesday 16 December 2014 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern St, Totnes TQ9 5SP
The popular South Hams shanty crew perform at this great pub for the second of Totnes' three late night Christmas shopping Tuesdays. Followed at approx. 9.30pm by more music and song from Beltane Border.

NEW Friday 9 January 2015 - Sally Barker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Singer-songwriter Sally Barker, fresh from her flawless performances on prime time TV (including a duet with her mentor Sir Tom Jones) in concert. The Poozies lead singer Sally, who has supported Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, presents songs from her repertoire including her album 'Another Train' and YouTube favourites 'Dear Darlin' and 'Walk on By'. "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans). "You sang so beautiful that it got to me" (Sir Tom Jones). www.sallybarker.co.uk. £15+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/293473. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

NEW Saturday 17 January 2015 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
In just a few years, Miranda & Rex have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk and roots scene. The pair will be touring intensively throughout 2015, during which will see the release of their 3rd album following on from their spine tingling album ‘Sing A Full Song’. Do not miss them! £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/294587. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Saturday 18 October - Ceilidh with Folk 2 - Loddiswell Village Hall, nr Kingsbridge
Saturday 18 October - Kate Rusby - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Sunday 19 October 3-6pm - Morley Music Session - Morley Arms, Billacombe Road, Plymouth
Thursday 23 October -
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - River Cottage, Axminster
Friday 24 October - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
24-26 October - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Friday 24 October - Lady Maisery - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes,
Friday 24 October - Sound of the Sirens - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
27-31 October - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Okehampton
Wednesday 29 October - Steve James - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
Friday 31 October - Dr Thud’s Remedy - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
Sunday 9 November - Showcasing “Crabshell Records” - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge
Sunday 9 November - The Old Dance School - Tavistock Wharf
Thursday 20 November - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 21 November - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Brixham Library
Sunday 7 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Friday 12 December - Ceilidh with RANDOM - Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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12/10/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Sunday 12 October 2014
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

I've been trying to get website updates and this (overdue) e-circular done for some days - so my apologies to those organisers who've sent me events to list which I've missed - but there's so much new information around all the time that it's difficult to know where to stop. The circulars are already pretty lengthy with just the new events (and an arbitrary selection of detailed reminders), so do please check out the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk from time to time to remind yourselves of events I may have listed some time ago and/or appear in 'More In Brief' below.

Ian Sherwood - Folk/Pop Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Ian Sherwood is a musician, raconteur and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as theatre, film and television, but his passion remains primarily for his unique brand of folk/pop music. His ability to charm the audience and his considerable talents as a musician and songwriter ensure an unforgettable evening. Ian was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, was named Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as - a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs-. With impressive guitar work amid catchy hook lines galore, surely the main thought in the room was, 'Yep. It’s only a matter of time before he's a household name' Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian www.iansherwood.com
23 October 2014 8pm - Brampford Speke Village Hall
25 October 2014 7.30pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall
26 October 2014 7.30pm - Plymtree Village Hall

UPDATED Friday 24 October 2014 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. Support: John Baker. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

24-26 October 2014 - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town. Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30 buy, 3 get 1 free! www.baring-gould.co.uk or call 01837 53754.

UPDATED Wednesday 29 October 2014 8pm - Steve James - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Austin Texas based guitar wizard Steve James returns on his annual European tour to showcase his usual enthralling mix of virtuoso guitar work, encylopaedic knowledge of country blues and wry kinetic stage presence. Check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX1kom2fPVM. £10 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegotickets.com/event/292212, £12 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 2 November 2014 4-8pm - Exeter Folk Project with Oxjam Exeter present... - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN
A unforgettable evening of music from some of the finest acoustic artists around. The event is a fundraiser for the OXJAM festival to raise funds for OXFAM. 90% of the ticket price will be donated to the charity. 10% will help with the logisitcs of putting on this event. All artists are generously donating their time and talents without a fee. The great Nic Jones will be joining us for a special guest appearance and to collaborate with the other artists. The line up includes Ange Hardy; Greg Russell, the singing/guitar half of Russell and Agar, winners of 2 BBC folk awards; Lukas Drinkwater, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and one of the 3 Daft Monkeys; Jemima Farey, a fantastic upcoming singer/songwriter from Somerset; The Appaloosas, a wonderful band from Tavistock who play Old Time Appalachian songs; Greg Hancock, singer songwriter from Devon accompanied by his new string trio; Emily Howard, silver-voiced singer/songwriter from Devon and Devonbird, a trio specialising in traditional and new folk music embued with a love of the region. Adv tickets £15+ www.wegottickets.com/event/292674.

NEW Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - Showcasing “Crabshell Records” - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Line-up: Vic Wilcox with 44 Gun’s fiddle and guitar; Rumpus; The Storm UK; John Connor; The Old Gaffers; Paul Rossiter with Adrian Herring; Kate Lissauer & Johnny Whelan; IOWA(1).
“Crabshell Records” is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Our cause is to support music rooted in folk traditions by offering a subsidised CD production service to unsigned musicians heard playing live in our area. This Concert will feature those we have worked with. Since 2012 we have released 8 albums, with the ninth, a sampler of these, releasing at the Concert. Your ticket will be a £10 voucher, exchangeable for any one of our CDs. You’ll also get concert entry, two complimentary compilation CDs, free bar snacks at the interval and 10% off all drinks. As a bonus, from 6pm, cod and chips for only £6 if booked with the pub in advance on 01548 852345. Reserve your vouchers - advance only - from Neil on 01548 856601, email concert@neilart.f9.co.uk. Pick up and pay on door, on the night. Or buy them from the Crabshell in advance.

NEW Saturday 15 November 2014 - Clive Gregson - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
With his new solo album 'This is Now'. Beneath a quirky sense of humour is one of the most talented songwriters to emerge from the British Isles. Mary Chapin Carpenter named Clive as one of her favourite songwriters. According to Guitar Player he is one of the 1000 great guitarists. Clive has toured & recorded with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine. 'The songs always seem more perceptive, more penetrating and more emotional than most.' New Musical Express. 'One of Britian's most cultured singer-songwriters.' The Times. Tickets £10 adv, £12 door. Details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

UPDATED Thursday 20 November 2014 8pm - Phil Henry & Hannah Martin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of 2014 BBC Best Duo Folk Award. Acclaimed duo bringing an exciting blend of blues, world and traditional folk music on slide guitar, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and vocals. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Saturday 22 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Band: When the Moon is Full - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
When the Moon is Full A programme about Werewolves! Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s Book of Werewolves, The Wren Music musicians are doing a mini tour of Devon during November, with a touch of Gothic. Devon’s eccentric clergyman, Sabine Baring-Gould, famous for his hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ is well-known as a Folklorist, but perhaps less well-known for giving classes with a bat on his shoulder and for his interest in Werewolves! Champions of local folk song and legend, the Wren Band bring a programme of rich harmonies and top-class musicianship, which will appeal to Harry Potter fans and lovers of Dartmoor legend alike. Tickets £12 (U18 £10) online or on door.
Full tour dates: (details and online ticketing see www.wrenmusic.co.uk/wrenband):
Saturday 15 November - Winkleigh
Friday 21 November - Appledore
Saturday 22 November - Ipplepen
Friday 28 November - Sidmouth
Saturday 29 November - Exeter

NEW Friday 5 December 2014 - Roving Crows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
With fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, the Roving Crows weave together a rich tapestry of sounds taking the audience across musical boundaries into the world of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock. Indefinable, unique and completely absorbing. www.rovingcrows.com Winners of Band of the Year at the FATEA Music Awards 2014. Winners of Best Folk Act at the Exposure Music Awards 2012. Winners of Top Celtic Rock Band and Top Fiddle Player at The Irish Music Awards 2012. “Really individual Celtic folk rock group" Mike Harding. "One the best Celtic folk/rock bands of the decade" Alan Tattersall, Cropredy. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!roving-crows/c6we.  ickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.

Harberton Folk Favourites - highly recommended
NEW Friday
12 December 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh with RANDOM - Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall (directions to venue)
'Electric ceilidh music with guts'. The six musicians who are RANDOM, bring their vast experience of all kinds of folk and dance music to this well-established band. Their gutsy, melodic, folk-rock interpretation of tunes with traditional roots creates scintillating but subtle ceilidh music that will make you want to dance. Saul Rose who also plays with Whapweasel, and Faustus, amongst many others, joins up with Paul Nye to bring two very exciting melodeon-playing talents together. Add the classy bass guitar of Keith Holloway, the guitar rhythms of Ian Woledge and the rock-solid drumming of Roger Smith and you’ve got the unique RANDOM sound. Now the supremely-talented Maclaine Colston has added his wonderful hammered dulcimer to the band's sound with great success. The caller for the evening is Rosie Longhurst, who will be well known to ceilidh-goers locally. Tickets £10 from www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=74197 or box office 01803 847070 12.30-7.30pm daily.

NEW Wednesday 17 December 2014 7.30pm - Mick Groves - Parish Church Rooms, Bradley Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9EP
with special guests The Cornelius Family & Alan Howlett. An evening of seasonal carols, songs and stories with Mick Groves (formerly of legendary folk group, The Spinners) and friends. Expect a mix of Spinners songs, traditional carols, stories and plenty of humour!! Mick is supported and joined by Exeter-based family folk band with their individual approach to Christmas songs. www.mickgroves.co.uk. Info / ticket reservations £6 adv (£8 door) contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

OK, not folk, but great for Christmas...
Wednesday 17 December 2014 7.30pm - Newton Abbot Orchestra and Military Wives - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
(map)
Sit back and soak up a seasonal selection of light classics and festive favourites, as well as a carol or two. We are delighted that The Military Wives Choir – Plymouth will again be our special guests. Bar open for light refreshments and mince pies. Advance booking recommended  Tickets £12+. www.wegottickets.com/event/292318. Tel. 01626 325825.

NEW Saturday 27 December 2014 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller: Tom Addison. Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with Mick Bramich (melodeon/anglo concertina) and Les Noden (guitar and vocals). Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk[at]gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

NEW Sunday 25 January 2015 - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing.
Appalachian tributeers, back by popular demand. Inventors of the unofficial but internationally adored genre ‘rockgrass’. Growing up playing the traditional music of their forefathers on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass, the then very youthful Hayseed lads suddenly discovered the sounds of AC/DC (the myth goes that they found some of the band’s vinyl releases in a car wreck!), which they immediately loved. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/c1ucr. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

NEW Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Steve makes a sentimental return to Harberton for this date on his Grow Your Own Gig solo tour. Online tickets £16+ available from 6/10/14 at www.wegottickets.com/event/292287. A Harberton Cricket Club (HCC) promotion, supported by Harberton Folk. Local ticketing details will appear here in due course (Barry Goldsmith from HCC, and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes).

Feature: South Devon Arts Centre in Totnes
We featured this not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) when it opened last year and it continues to present a top-class multi-genre music programme (full details at www.southdevonarts.co.uk). SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
Here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current programme: 23/10 House of Hats & Carrie Tree; 24/10 Lady Maisery; 5/12 Roving Crows; 9/12 Bella Hardy; 19/12 Mad Dog Mcrea; 25/1/15 Hayseed Dixie.

Feature: The Wharf at Tavistock www.tavistockwharf.com
Following on from Kathryn Tickell last weekend, The Wharf has the following events lined up:
Sunday 2 November 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - The Old Dance School
Thursday 4 December 2014 8pm - Winter Mountain
Thursday 2 April 2015 8pm - The Wurzels

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets£10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Tuesday 21 October - Baskery - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 23 October - Gilmore & Roberts - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter
Thursday 23 October -
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - River Cottage, Axminster
Friday 24 October - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Sold out Saturday 25 October - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Sunday 16 November - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 16 November - The Fisherman's Friends - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 7 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot

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26/9/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 26 September 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

Rachel's East Devon gig guide for October
is now available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

24-26 October 2014 - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town. Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30 (to end Sept), buy 3 get 1 free! www.baring-gould.co.uk or call 01837 53754.

27-31 October 2014 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Okehampton
Led by Wren Music's Director Paul Wilson with the Wren team of Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka, Marilyn Tucker and David Faulkner; visiting tutor Janet Russell . Tuition in large and small groups, as well as one-to-one. You will have the opportunity to plan your own week, balancing your own programme from the three main strands: 1. Developing Technique warming up; finding your own voice; breathing; pitching; phrasing; ornamentation; creating your own harmonies. 2. Developing Repertoire searching the archive; collation of text and tunes; putting tunes to words (and vice versa); arranging; using harmony; accompaniment. 3. Developing Performance Skills opportunities to sing away from the clubs; using PA systems; building confidence; overcoming nerves; relaxation; telling the story. The 2014 fee is £300 if paid in full before 30 September, £350 thereafter (if any places still available). www.baring-gould.co.uk 01837 53754.

NEW Friday 31 October 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Fraser Anderson / Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Fraser Anderson - singer-songwriter and guitarist, spell-binding music www.fraseranderson.com. 'Truly beautiful' says Bob Harris Radio2. Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow - sunshine tunes that make you smile inside www.bobhillarymellow.com.
Organic soup, cakes & chai and beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery in upstairs cafe/bar space. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm). Adv online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/291372.

tbc Saturday 8 November 2014 - Wren Music: Simon Mayor & Hilary James (workshop & concert) - Fairplace Church, Okehampton EX20 1DT
Simon Mayor - afternoon mandolin workshop; evening: Simon Mayor & Hilary James present 'The Art Of Mandolin'. Wren Music 01837 53754

UPDATED Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + special guests - Brixham Library
Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library. Tickets £10 members (Friends of Brixham Library), £12 non-members, from Brixham Library 01803 853870. Limited seating (some standing), early booking advised.

NEW Friday 28 November 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Sam Walker / Truffleshack - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Sam Walker -
songwriter, one man band sensation who will lift the roof. Truffleshack - brilliant accordion and violin duo from Bristol, very good musicianship and performance. Organic soup, cakes & chai and beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery in upstairs cafe/bar space. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm). Adv online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/291373.

Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.

Feature: Villages In Action Winter Programme
VIA's latest programme of arts events of many genres for rural communities through to April 2015 has recently appeared on their website. See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for the full programme (including theatre, puppet theatre, flamenco music, magic, comedy, jazz, gypsy jazz and more besides, The following descriptions have been taken, unedited, from the VIA website; dates/times compiled by me from that (some venues may be outside our normal coverage area) so I hope they're all correct; booking/contact details can be found on the website. The 'folkier' events include:
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Clive Carroll - Guitar Music
Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in an eclectic range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1999, Clive was given his first record deal and since then his three solo albums have established him as one of the top virtuosi of today, prompting Acoustic magazine to declare him Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain. Clive Carroll's - A Thousand Years of Music- is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument to its fullest extent. For the last 7 years audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecaroll.co.uk
17 October 2014 8pm - Clearbrook Village Hall
18 October 2014 7.30pm - Northleigh Village Hall
26 March 2015 7.30pm - Ashprington Village Hall
27 March 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
28 March 2015 7.30pm - Hockworthy Village Hall
29 March 2015 ??pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall
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Ian Sherwood - Folk/Pop Music
Ian Sherwood is a musician, raconteur and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as theatre, film and television, but his passion remains primarily for his unique brand of folk/pop music. His ability to charm the audience and his considerable talents as a musician and songwriter ensure an unforgettable evening. Ian was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, was named Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as - a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs-. With impressive guitar work amid catchy hook lines galore, surely the main thought in the room was, 'Yep. It’s only a matter of time before he's a household name' Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian www.iansherwood.com
23 October 2014 8pm - Brampford Speke Village Hall
25 October 2014 7.30pm Milton Abbot Village Hall
26 October 2014 7.30pm Plymtree Village Hall
*****
James Hickman & Dan Cassidy - Traditional Music
A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain. Hickman's emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy's ingenious and virtuosic fiddling for a truly impressive evening of high quality music. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy's bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey. Since forming their partnership in 2008, their successive tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight. And yes, Dan is the brother of the late Eva Cassidy! www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk
13 November 2014 8pm - Combeinteignhead Village Hall
14 November 2014 8pm - Clearbrook Village Hall
15 November 2014 8pm - Gidleigh Village Hall
*****
Jimmy Livingstone - Folk/Rock/Blues Music
Jimmy Livingstone is an emerging British singer/songwriter with a rapidly growing reputation. He supported Lucinda Williams on her summer tour following the release of his acclaimed debut album, One eye open, one eye closed. Earlier this year, he undertook his first solo UK tour. Jimmy's music comes with a splash of Americana and a sliver of soul. He sings and plays piano and guitar and is also known as an entertaining storyteller between songs. Folkwords. Aside from the indelible richness of voice, alluring melodies and sharply discerning lyrics this album offers tales of life told with terrifying truth - and damn fine it is too. Music Week. A refreshingly down-to-earth, beautifully crafted and soulfully uplifting listen, One eye open, one eye closed is most definitely one to have in your collection. www.jimmylivingstone.com
20 November 2014 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall
21 November 2014 7.30pm - Mary Tavy Coronation Hall
*****
Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
26 November 2014 7.30pm - St Marys Church, Abbotskerswell
27 November 2014 8pm - Whimple Victory Hall
28 November 2014 8pm - Chudleigh Community School Hall
29 November 2014 7.30pm - Scoriton Village Hall
4 March 2015 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall, Meavy
5 March 2015 7.30pm - Sampford Courtenay Village Hall
6 March 2015 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall, Highweek
7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes - Special mention for this one of course, because this is a 'Harberton Folk' listing after all :-)
*****
Namvula Rennie - World Music
Namvula creates an intrepid new musical world where the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and Londons vibrant, eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvulas music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil and in the storytelling traditions of folk music. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and multi-award-winning Zambian vocalist Maureen Lilanda. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. She is working with some of the UK's most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin (Mercury-nominated Led Bib), percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal), and acclaimed Ghanaian guitarist Alfred 'Kari' Bannerman (Osibisa). Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit. WOMaTT www.namvula.com
26 November 2014 8pm - The Red Lion, Shobrooke
27 November 2014 7.45pm - Cove Village Hall
28 November 2014 7.30pm - Talaton Parish Hall
29 November 2014 7.30pm - Bere Ferrers Church Hall
*****
Lady Maisery - Traditional Music
Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. They released their debut album Weave & Spin in 2012 and as a result they were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. 2013 sees the release of their second album. All three members are musicians as much as singers, which can be seen not just in their tune singing, but also in their intelligent, striking arrangements on fiddle, harp and accordion. Be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes as Lady Maisery emerge as one of the most original new groups on the UK folk scene. ..there's no escaping the mesmerising brilliance of this album - it's a sparkling and intriguing debut by any standards, and something impressively different. And yes, a certain contender for this year's best-of list. David Kidman, fRoots Magazine www.ladymaisery.com
18 February 2015 7.30pm - St Marys Church, Abbotskerswell
19 February 2015 7.30pm - St Mary's Church, Cheriton Bishop
20 February 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
21 February 2015 7.30pm - Lustleigh Village Hall
*****
JT Collective - Bluegrass music
JT Collective bring a mixture of original and traditional songs and tunes played in an acoustic style with a heavy emphasis on Bluegrass, Irish and Americana. From blisteringly fast tunes to slow ballads, this versatile line-up are sure to impress. The band is led by superb bluegrass guitarist Jason Titley. He is arguably the UK's finest Bluegrass guitarist and his flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm (he also plays drums) always makes his playing unpredictable and exciting. Jason will be familiar to those of you who have seen Leon Hunt's N-tet. The trio is completed by bassist/vocalist Ben Somers and Leanne Thorose on violin & vocals. Their debut album is released in May 2014. www.jtcollective.com
26 February 2015 7.30pm - Lydford Nicholls Hall
27 February 2015 8pm - Combeinteignhead Village Hall
28 February 2015 8pm - Gidleigh Village Hall
*****
Alaw Trio - Traditional Music
'Alaw' is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. The band unites the talents of three exceptional musicians whose subtle interplay is a joy to watch. Drawing on a wealth of experience, they take their audiences on a musical journey - a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India - but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From sublime slow airs to dazzling dance tunes and storming songs, Alaw promise a performance of joyful and life-affirming music. Alaw's remarkable empathy and playful repartee comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oli have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smithâ's Mabon. A top band led by one hell of an accordion player. Mike Harding. www.alaw-band.com
16 April 2015 7.30pm - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown
17 April 2015 7.30pm - Bere Ferrers Church Hall
18 April 2015 7.30pm - Whimple Victory Hall
19 April 2015 8pm - King's Arms, Okehampton

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19/9/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 19 September 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

NEW Friday 28 November 2014 8pm - The Carrivick Sisters - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
One of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobra, and claw hammer banjo. They have built a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history. Tickets £7, call Andrew on 01837 840519. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

NEW 10-14 August 2015 - Folkworld - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Full details of Joe Broughton's Folkworld course for 10 to 21 yr olds are now available at www.folkworld.org - and bookings are open.

Feature venue: The B-Bar at Plymouth's Barbican Theatre (map)
www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021. The B-Bar's own October email circulation listings include the following:
Thursday 16 October 9pm - Theo Bard
Inspired songwriter, avid one-man-band busker, and live music obsessive, Theo is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots in his own London Town; singing his own uplifting songs, expertly fingerpicking on guitar, while striking out bold beats with his feet. His album The Springtime Fool, recorded with band Bard, was Top of the World in Songlines magazine and received widespread radio play across the UK. He is currently working on recordings for a new album. “The actual quality of the songwriting is exceptional, it really belies Theo’s young years” - Bruce MacGregor, Travelling Folk, BBC Radio Scotland. www.soundcloud.com/theobard. Entry £2.
*****
Friday 24 October 9pm - Sound of the Sirens

'Sound Of The Sirens' are a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. These girls know exactly how to rock a stage and make you believe every word they are singing. Individually their voices tell their own tale, and, when blended together in harmony, they will regularly have your spine tingling and leave you wanting for much more. Entry £3.
*****
Wednesday 29 October 8pm - Steve James

If Steve James is well known in the world of contemporary folk, blues and roots music, it's not because he has a high-power publicist. He has toured internationally and extensively, performing at festivals, concert venues and clubs and offering a variety of music workshops for the sizable "hands-on" contingent in his ferociously loyal audience. In addition, he's created numerous instruction books, print lessons and articles, DVDs and on-line tutorials for guitar, slide guitar and mandolin for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun. £10 adv, £12 door.#
*****
Friday 31 October 9pm - Dr Thud’s Remedy
Five-piece band playing music of Irish/celtic origin. They play pretty much anything that gets feet tapping and lots of happy people dancing with instrumentation including vocals, guitar, harmonica, occasional Irish whistle, mandolin, fiddle, tea-chest bass, bodhran and percussion. Entry £3.
All above gigs are at the B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Show of Hands Autumn Tour
Full details on www.showofhands.co.uk; the nearest dates to us are Barnstaple on 29/11 and the final two nights of the tour, both at Exmouth Pavilion, on 5/12 and 6/12.

Albion Christmas Band
No Harberton Folk area date in 2014; the closest approach is at Lyme Regis on 15/12.

Folk song club updates:
(A pretty comprehensive list of folk song, folk dance and some other 'related' dance and music clubs across Harberton Folk's coverage area and well beyond can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html.)
East Devon Traditional Song Club
1st Wednesday: The Anchor Inn, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Singers, with or without accompaniment and audience welcome. Free admission except on occasional guest nights. 01395 514129.
Exeter - Exeter Traditional Song Club
3rd Tuesday: The Royal Oak Inn, Nadderwater, Whitestone, Exeter EX4 2JH
Singers, with or without accompaniment, and audience, welcome. Free admission. 01392 272352. Previously at The Twisted oak, Ide.

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

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Feature 1: Autumn Programme from the 'Folk on the Moor' Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The club meets weekly every Sunday evening (except August), starting at 7.45pm prompt. Always a great guest list - see below. Entrance prices are given for Club Members / non-Members. Optional membership fee £10 will take you through to the end of July 2015. Sundays not specified are open nights when admission is just £1 for everyone. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
*****

Sunday 12 October 2014 7.45pm - Ben Sands

A member of the famous "Sands" family from county Down, Ben is a talented and highly accomplished songwriter, singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (piano, fiddle guitar, pipes, whistle, banjo, bouzouki and mandolin). Warm Irish humour also features widely! £10/£8.
*****
Sunday 26 October 2014 7.45pm - David Newey & Shona

First rate singer/songwriter/guitarist David, a former finalist in the BBC Young Folk Musician awards and who has accompanied the great Tom McConville on many gigs, now teams up with former all-Ireland champion accordion player and vocalist Shona Kipling £10/£8.
*****
Sunday 9 November 2014 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt

One of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for unrivalled entertainment. £12/£10.

*****
Sunday 23 November 2014 7.45pm - Tom Lewis

Long overdue return (after 6 years!) for this ex-RN submariner. Accompanying himself on button accordion or ukelele, Tom's wealth of maritime-influenced, self-penned songs feature "A consistently strong set that packs a wallop. Fine stuff with real bite" (Living Tradition Mag) £10/£8.
***** All above at Folk on the Moor *****

Feature 2: World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information about World Unlimited, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Tel. 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available. Here's the current programme to the end of the year:
*****
Sunday 12 October 2014 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Nominated for Best Duo & for Emerging Talent Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and mastery of the guitar provide the perfect setting and allow the song centre-stage.Their work together combines an exquisite command of their instruments with lyrics steeped in the tradition of English songwriting, and in ageless stories of love and loss. “One of the hottest tickets in folk” Mark Radcliffe. Tickets £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285740. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/josandbendevon.htm. Support: Chris Cleverley.
*****
Friday 17 October 2014 - Maz O'Connor

Maz 's recently released album, 'This Willowed Light' has been produced by multi-folk-award-winning Jim Moray. The Observer described it as 'the perfect blend of youthfulness and gravitas' and tipped it as 'the folk album of the year thus far'. Tickets £9+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285738. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/mazdevon.htm. Support: Harbottle & Jonas.
*****

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Baskery

A Swedish alternative americana folk rock band comprising three sisters. The sound is all about turning music on its head, blending the straight forwardness of punk with the subtlety of roots and Americana. The music is not to be confused with country or bluegrass just because they play a double bass, a six string banjo and acoustic guitar. The high energy level on stage hails from a pure and reckless love of the art of performing music. www.baskery.com. Tickets £8.50+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/286019. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/baskerydevon.htm. Support: Crow Puppets.
*****
Saturday 1 November 2014 - Tarras Minor

Normally a six-piece band with drums, Tarras have launched an all-venue friendly acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group - singer/songwriters Ben Murray, Rory Connor and Michael Woodward. Piano and accordion player Ben Murray has worked extensively in the music industry, recording and touring all over the world with artists including Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Renzo Spiteri, he has been performing in the West End production of War Horse playing The Songman. Ben also performed in a duo with life-long friend Rosie Doonan, and their debut album gained them a nomination for the horizon award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Guitarist Rory Connor, whilst new to the line-up, has an extensive musical background and is an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277195. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/Tarrasdevon.htm.
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Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine

Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/boo.htm. Support: Emily Howard.
*****
Saturday 22 November 2014 - Lisbee Stainton Duo

When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/lisbeedevon.htm. Support: Peter Crawford.
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Friday 5 December 2014 - Martyn Joseph

One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine. “Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO. Tickets £16+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277196. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/martynjosephdevon.htm.
*****
Saturday 13 December 2014 - Gerry Colvin Band

From 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. For 2014 there's a modified line up and a change of name following the amicable departure of Nick Quarmby, but the sound and songs still remain the brain child of the amazing Gerry Colvin. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285716. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/gerrycolvinband.htm. Support: Ella Janes.
Coming in January 2015: Sally Barker and Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
***** All above at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell  *****
Also a World Unlimited promotion:
Friday 14 November 2014 - Martin Stephenson - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
'A unique voice, engaging performer and wayward genius - Martin deserves recognition as a genuine national treasure.' Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music.
'Martin's beautiful music and good vibes have been a part of my radio programmes for close to thirty years. His enthusiasm and warmth infuse everything he does. Long may he run!' Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. www.daintees.co.uk. Full details, tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278169. No bar, BYO drinks.
www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Feature 3: South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Multi-genre not-for-profit arts venue. Full programme at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. Online booking, or tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).
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Thursday 23 October 2014 - House of Hats & Carrie Tree
Friday 24 October 2014 - Lady Maisery

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Bella Hardy
Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea
***** All above at South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes  *****

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General items retained from previous circulars

And into 2015!...
(notes for your diary - all below are details to be confirmed/advised)
Saturday 7 March 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes
Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange
Saturday 13 June 2015 - Gigspanner - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

New West-Country CD
We don't usually do advertising as such, but very happy to make an exception to give a mention for a brand new release from West-Country specialists and former Harberton Folk performers Tom & Barbara Brown. Details of 'Just Another Day - Songs from Minehead - then and now' can be found on www.umbermusic.co.uk.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

Kingsbridge Crabshell Session - Summer Recess
In conjunction with Simon and Jane at the pub, we have decided to suspend the monthly session at the Crabshell for the summer season i.e. no sessions on the first Thursdays of June, July, August or September 2014. Fortunately for them (perhaps not for us!) they have made such a fantastic job of re-inventing the pub that it has been increasingly difficult to dodge waitresses, hear each other sing etc when the pub is at its busiest. So you have all summer long to work on your repertoires and enjoy the break! But be sure to put a big reminder on your calendars for Thursday 2nd October 2014 when I for one will be looking forward to getting together again. Brenda B.

Over the border: Brief news from Cornwall
1) The monthly Cross House Inn sessions at Metherell are in recess until September.
2) Bodmin Folk Club regrettably has no permanent home at present. Check www.bodminfolk.co.uk for interim venue(s).

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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New 'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This brand new (a month ago) not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
It's very difficult to categorise some performers, but here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current published programme up to December:
22/11 Rue Royale; 23/11 Hayseed Dixie; 14/12 Mad Dog Mcrea - something for all tastes there! They're also all in the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website Diary, with links to music/video samples in most cases.

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Buckfastleigh Mixed Voice A Cappella Choir - Recruiting
‘The Lost Sound’ is a small (24 singers), mixed voice, a cappella choir based in Buckfastleigh with a strong folk element. They have received an extremely warm response to their performances throughout 2012, especially from The Dart Music festival and Night of 1000 voices at Exeter Cathedral. They are looking to take on new singers in the Alto and Female tenor sections who have some harmony experience and who can learn quickly. For more info see www.singingandbreathing.co.uk or call Sandra on 01364 643105.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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